Set up Cisco AP 2602i as a bridge

Posted on 2014-10-28
Last Modified: 2014-10-29
Trying to set up a Cisco AP 2602i as a bridge and  not having any luck.  My equipment consists of a Cisco 5500 controller and APs  1142 and 1131.  I'm trying to connect it via an SSID to a specific network but it's not talking.
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by:Craig Beck
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You need to use the AP in Mesh Bridge mode when you're using a WLC.  The other end of the bridge needs to be in Mesh Bridge mode also and the Ethernet Bridging option needs to be enabled.

You'd be better off converting a pair of APs to Autonomous mode and using IOS to bridge properly.

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won't that mess up my current configs for the other AP's?  My current MESH is set for EAP which is part of the error message - but I hesitate to change this to PSK for fear of disconnecting what's already connected.
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by:Craig Beck
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You can use multiple Mesh groups on your WLC.  I doubt you're actually really using Mesh if you're using 1142 and 1131 APs.

You say you're trying to get a 2602 to connect to another network?  How are you trying to do that via the WLC??
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Just trying to use the AP basically as a wireless connection.  I've put in the SSID and made it a bridge in the configuration.
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You can't do that if the 2602 is running lightweight code.  A lightweight AP can NOT do bridging unless it is in Mesh mode and it is connected to another Mesh AP.

If you want to use the 2602 AP as a client bridge you'll need it to be converted to autonomous mode and configured as a Universal Workgroup Bridge, then it will connect to a lightweight AP as a client.

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that's what we finally did. thanks We converted to autonomus mode and configured as a universal workgroup bridge it worked thanks!

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